5 Simple Tips For Getting Top Engine Performance


– Hey, this is Donnie Smith and I’ve got a special video today. We’re gonna talk about
getting the top performance out of your engine. I want to thank Pennzoil
for sponsoring this video and for providing me
with a little training that I’m gonna share with you. And I think you’re gonna
find this interesting. Pennzoil invited me to the Optima Ultimate Street
Car Invitational in Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Now, I thought that was pretty exciting because that was my first
time to ever go to Kentucky. The event we went to was autocross racing. Now, this is quite a bit
different than what I’ve seen. You know, I’ve been to drag racings and some oval track, but this is autocross, and there’s a lot of curves and corners that you’ve got to slow down
and make that tight corner and then speed up. It was pretty interesting. And I’ve got Ken Twaits here,
one of the race car drivers, and he’s gonna tell us a
little bit about how it worked. – This is a dual speed stop where you hit the timing
lights and you take off and get a time on one side, and then you flip-flop over
the next and get a time and it’s the combined
best time for each side. So you know, it’s… It’s pretty fun. You know, you have to
really be on your game and you car has to be able
to do all these things. – And of course, I did get
a couple of video clips of the race event to share with you. (loud engine roar) Oh, you know it. Yes, I did. I got to ride in one of the race cars. Ken Twaits was nice enough
to take me for a couple laps, and it was a lot of fun. Now, I tried to take
some video clips for ya, but it’s kinda hard to
hold the camera and hang on and going around those curves
and corners and all that, but I did get a short clip
that I’ll share with you. Check this out, it was a lot of fun. – Okay, you ready?
– I’m ready. (engine roars) Bowling Green, Kentucky is also home of the National Corvette Museum. Now, this is really cool. I don’t know if you remember it, I do. A couple years ago I was
watching on the news, and I seen where all these Corvettes fell down this sinkhole, well, this is where that happened at. And there’s history about that, about that happening
and how they rebuilt it. You know, all that’s in the museum now. They kinda incorporated
that into the museum. They’ve got some of the wrecked cars that fell down in that pit. They’ve got them on display now. They’ve got an outline of the ground in the cement where it caved in at, exactly where it caved in at. Just is pretty interesting just to learn about the sinkhole itself. And of course they had Corvettes there. I mean, they had every
year, make, and model. Some awesome cars there. They had some of the
concept cars that they had. I mean, this was really cool to visit. When you talk about visiting a museum, this is what I’m talking about. Bowling Green is Corvette City. They had this museum there, they manufacture Corvettes there, I mean, everywhere you
go, every parking lot, you go out to eat, you see a Corvette. I came to the conclusion that
everyone that lives there has at least one ‘vette. Okay, enough about my trip. Let’s start talking about how cars have evolved through the years. I mean, there has been so
many changes, big changes. I might be telling on myself
a little bit, my age here, but you know when I was a kid, if a car got 100,000 miles,
I mean, that was a good car. It did well. At that time it’s probably
ready to overhaul the engine if you haven’t already, and even during that 100,000 miles, you’re doing tuneups,
you’re changing spark plugs. You’re doing all this maintenance. Well, you know, a car
at 100,000 miles today, it’s just getting broke in. You really don’t have to do anything that first 100,000 miles except change the oil and tires. So the technology, it’s came a long ways. The carburation to the fuel injection, and just all the electronics
we have these days. You know, the cars are
able to park themselves, drive themselves. I mean, it’s crazy with
the amount of technology that we have these days. And the V6s they have today, I think they’ll probably outrun most of the V8s we used to have. These cars perform well, too. This just kinda makes me wonder. Where I came from, where cars
came from where they were when I was a kid to where they are today, what are they gonna be
in 20 years from now? The cars today, they’re running 200,000, 300,000, 400,000 miles
and still in good shape. And a part of getting these cars where they can get that
many miles is the oil. There’s been a lot of
improvements in oil, as well. Let me ask you a question. Why do you use the oil you do? Now, I’m sure a lot of
you have researched this and studied it and have strong opinions about which oil that you use. But me, when I was asked that question, I had to think about it. I didn’t really know. After I thought about it for a little bit, it just came to me that, well, you know, the only reason I use the oil that I do is because that’s what my dad used. I remember him as a kid changing oil, and he did use Pennzoil. It was 10W-30, we put it in everything. And I remember that, and
that’s what I started using: Pennzoil 10W-30. Now, the recommendations, I think there’s a lot more
cars using 5W-30 these days, and that’s what I use, but as simple as that. That is the only reason
that I use the oil I do. I’ve not done a lot of research
on it like I should have, but if you want to talk about body filler, paints, clears, something in
the collision repair industry, well, yeah, I’ve researched. I’ve tried ’em, and I’m gonna
have strong opinions about it. But after attending this
event, I learned a lot. Not all cars use 5W-30 or 10W-30. They make so many different
weights and viscosities of oil. And I don’t know everything about the weights and viscosities, but if you want to learn about that, like what is 5W, what’s
the five stand for and 10W, I’ve got a link that I’ll
put down in the description. A guy does an excellent job
with EngineeringExplained, and he does an excellent
job of talking about that. He does a way better job
than I could have ever do to explain that. But if you’re like me, and
never put much thought into it, well, you may listen up, because there are a lot of cars out there that have recommendations that you may not be able to
find at the auto parts store, and that’s we was talking about. Now, I don’t know what
makes and models they are. I think some of ’em’s a
lot of your older cars, but they have a specific
oil recommendation that you’re supposed to use. And we talked about it, and it’s like if you go to your auto parts store, well, they’re just gonna
stock what they sell. The more popular weights,
like the 10W-30, the 5W-30. They’re gonna have all those, but what some of these cars
are recommended to use, you’re not gonna be able to get there. And we was talking about it, and they said, well, even though
the stores don’t stock ’em, what you’ll need to do is go
on to the online retailers. Even if they don’t stock it in the store, you can go online and you
can usually find those. But that’s something I didn’t know. I didn’t know there were so
many different oils out there. And if you want to get the top performance out of your engine, you really need to use the oil that’s recommended for that. So how do you find the oil that you need? Well you look in your owner’s manual. It will tell you the oil that
is recommended for your car. Now luckily, I did look up
my pickup, my Nissan Titan, and it does recommend 5W-30. So I was good there. So if you’re just kinda
doing the same thing, well, this video’s for you, because you may have one of those cars that require one of
those hard-to-find oils. Now, I may be telling on myself again, but remembering my dad
change oil when I was a kid, well, it didn’t come in
the plastic containers like we have now. It came in round cans. And I don’t think those have been around for quite some time. I don’t know when they
switched from the round cans to the plastic bottles, but that’s what he used then. He’d get those round cans and
you had to get that spout, stick in it, and fill the oil up. In fact, in the collision repair industry, there is even a term about that oil can. It’s called the oil can effect. And it’s talking about stretched metal. When it’s become stretched,
it pops in and out real easy, kinda like the top of an oil can. And you know, I have to be
careful talking about that when I’m talking to students,
the younger generation. Because you don’t realize
a lot of the terms that we use, they don’t know
what we’re talking about. You’re talking about the oil can effect, well, they can’t picture
the oil can in their head. So I have to really kind of explain that. You know, we used to have a lot of things that they don’t have now. But also, they have things
now that we didn’t have then. For example, one of my boys asked me, when he was younger, he said, “Dad, what kind of cell phone did you have “when you was a kid?” (chuckles) And he cannot imagine a
world without cell phones, but we didn’t have ’em. Yeah, and it seems like the older I get, the less I have to relate
with the younger generation. Because a lot of what I
had as a kid growing up, they don’t know what we’re talking about. So the next thing I want to
talk about is synthetic oil. And something I thought was pretty cool that I didn’t know is
Pennzoil’s synthetic oil is made out of natural gas. And to learn a bit about it and how it helps your engine
run cooler and run cleaner, I mean, there are so many
benefits to using synthetic oil that I didn’t know about. So I encourage you to go online and learn about synthetic oil and the benefits that it offers. I think you’ll be surprised. And the next thing I learned
about is high mileage oil. Now, I’ve seen this in the store, but haven’t ever really
paid much attention to it or seen what they consider high mileage. I was figuring it was
a lot more than this. But they recommend
anything over 75,000 miles, that you use this high mileage oil. Well, my truck just turned 100,000 miles, so I’m thinking, well,
maybe I need to switch to this high mileage oil. So yeah, I just wanted to mention that because I wasn’t really thinking
of 75,000 as high mileage, but that’s when they recommend to go ahead and switch to this oil. And I think maybe making
some small tweaks like this is how some of these people
are getting so many miles out of these vehicles. I mean, they really pay
attention to this stuff, which I haven’t. I am guilty of it. But I’m gonna start to. I think I’m gonna switch to
the synthetic high mileage oil for my pickup. So let’s do a quick
recap over the five tips. Number one, make sure
you’re using the correct oil for the make and model of your car. And again, this can be
found in the owner’s manual. If you don’t have the owner’s
manual, if you lost it, you can usually look online, and a lot of those owner manuals,
you can find those online. Number two, if your car
or truck uses an oil that is not stocked in
your local parts store, then look at your retailers online, because they’ll probably have it. Number three, always
change your oil on time according to the vehicle manufacturer. And you can find this in
your owner’s manual, as well, and a lot of the newer cars, they will indicate whenever
it’s time for an oil change. Number four, consider using synthetic so your engine will run cooler and cleaner and last many miles to come. And number five, consider
using the high mileage oil if you have 75,000 miles or more. As always, I really appreciate you for watching these videos. If you enjoyed these tips, be sure and give us a
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